For those unfamiliar with Dale Lazarov's work, you might be confused at first glance. It might resemble a comic book but there are no words. His booksFor those unfamiliar with Dale Lazarov's work, you might be confused at first glance. It might resemble a comic book but there are no words. His books are more akin to storyboards; sensual images without written dialog.
In Nightlife #, Dale explores territory not often seen in erotic fiction; physical disability. Other authors probably shy away from the topic because readers might think it too weird, too gimmicky or just not sexy but Dale and his illustrator Bastian Jonsson deftly portray a sensual storyline that puts disability front and center with great dignity. Without the dialog so much of the story is left to the reader. Are they veterans of a war? Accident victims? In the end it doesn't matter. Nightlife #4 is moving, thoughtful and very very sexy....more
Volume 2 of the series moves forward a few years but continues with Skinner, now living in Las Vegas and Pearl, living quietly in a sleepy small town.Volume 2 of the series moves forward a few years but continues with Skinner, now living in Las Vegas and Pearl, living quietly in a sleepy small town.
The story is split in 2 parts with the first drawn by Rafael Albuquerque and the second by Mateo Santaluco. While both artists are great and stylistic cohesive, there is something about Albuquerque's work that is more consistently appealing. I found myself stopping to study panels and marveling at how he used space on a page. His work also seemed to have more synergy with Snyder's storytelling taking full advantage of the Hoover Dam era of Las Vegas' history and the sinister Skinner.
Pearl's story seems almost subdued in contrast and while not boring, doesn't rise to the same excitement as Skinner's....more
Once again Selznick weaves historical elements around a simple focal point. In The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the focal point was the magic of film andOnce again Selznick weaves historical elements around a simple focal point. In The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the focal point was the magic of film and this time he uses museums. In both stories, the protagonist is a young boy facing extreme challenges to find their place in the world and unlocking the secrets of their past.
Wonderstruck begins shortly after Ben's mother dies in a car accident and he a string of events sends him on a quest to find the father he knows nearly nothing about. He leaves Minnesota and heads for New York City with just a locket with a man's picture, a first name, an old address, a book about museum and a bookmark from a used book store.
Once again Selznick employs his own beautiful sketches to tell broad swaths of story but this time the first part of the book tells the story of a girl 50 years in the past obsessed with a famous actress of film and stage. The connection between the girl and Ben blossoms slowly but movingly.
Wonderstruck isn't as immediate as Hugo but once again Selznick brings a sense of childhood awe that I wonder if it still exists for kids today. That sense of grand adventure that comes when the world seems so much bigger and life didn't seem to be a gallop pace. I wonderful way to reconnect not only with history but our own childhood....more
A magical tale about...well magic of course! The magic of a boys relationship with his father, their love of crafted things, mysterious objects, captuA magical tale about...well magic of course! The magic of a boys relationship with his father, their love of crafted things, mysterious objects, capturing of dreams and the connectedness of people and things.
Selznick does something that all great crafters do. He carefully weaves the tiniest fragments into the most wonderous things and still lives you wondering. There were passages so delicate and strong that I felt chills.
This is a book every child should have in their collection and I hope every child reads before seeing the movie....more